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Tuesday 2 June 2020


Niall Ferguson

The COVID-19 pandemic in light of history and network science

In this event we’ll talk about Niall’s approach to the current crisis, his interpretation of what has happened thus far, and how we can make sense of our uncertain future. What are the most important policy dilemmas governments face and how can society move forward towards a new normal?

Niall Ferguson

Niall is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

He is the author of fifteen books, including The Pity of War, The House of Rothschild, Empire, Civilization and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, which won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize. He is an award-making filmmaker, too, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money.

In addition to writing an award-winning weekly column for the Sunday Times and the Boston Globe, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, an advisory firm.


Niall's most recent book, 'The Square and the Tower' was published in the US in 2018, and was a New York Times bestseller. A three-part television adaptation, 'Niall Ferguson’s Networld', aired on PBS in March 2020.